A three-month period in Austin, Texas, saw 20 injuries per 100,000 rides. In January, we reported on a study from Los Angeles that found a high rate of head injuries—and a low rate of helmet use—among injured scooter riders. That research looked at scooter-related injuries seen at a pair of UCLA emergency departments over the course of 12 months. By contrast, this new study examined a much shorter time period in 2018—September 5 to November 30—but cast a wider net, using both county emergency medical service reports and data from nine area hospitals.
160 confirmed and 32 probable e-scooter-related injuries were identified from these records. Of those injured, the overwhelming majority were the scooter rider; only one pedestrian and one cyclist were injured by an e-scooter. The researchers contacted the 190 injured scooter riders and were able to interview 125 of them for the study to gain a better insight into the specifics of their crashes. (The details of the remaining 65 injuries had to rely on medical records.) Just over half the injured riders (55 percent) were male, and just under half (48 percent) were aged 18 to 29.
Experience riding a scooter appears to be a factor; a third were injured on their first scooter ride, and another 30 percent had ridden more than once but fewer than 10 times previously.